Alexandra (Alex) Ghara is the Vice President of the Robertson Foundation for Government (RFG), where she leads planning and implementation of professional development activities, alumni relations, and initiatives for diversity, equity and inclusion. Alex orchestrates foundation events, including activities designed to support current fellows in their career development and to foster alumni engagement in building a network of government service leaders. She is also involved in facilitating collaborations with partner schools, federal agencies, and other organizations.

Alex has more than ten years of experience in program management, grant administration, curriculum and training development, research design and data management, stakeholder cultivation and collaborative partnerships, and initiatives for diversity, equity and inclusion. Prior to joining RFG in 2014, Alex was a program manager and linguist providing immigration and visa services. She served in the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Outreach at Louisiana State University where she was involved in managing public relations and civic engagement, cultivating external partnerships, and executing campus-wide and community-based initiatives. She also worked in human resources at the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

Alex received a Bachelor of Arts in African & African American Studies and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Louisiana State University. She is also a Certified Professional in Management designated by the American Management Association (AMA-CPM).

Sharon Swabb is the Chief Program Officer for Fellowships and Career Development at the Robertson Foundation for Government (RFG). Prior to her work at RFG, Mrs. Swabb was a Career Coach at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where she provided guidance to graduate students and alumni on the strategic and successful achievement of their professional goals.

Mrs. Swabb has a background in public service, having served as an Associate Director in the White House Presidential Personnel Office, where she contributed to the recruitment, placement, and retention of political appointees at national security agencies. From 2014 to 2016, she was a Press Assistant in the Office of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Before her work in the Federal Government, Mrs. Swabb was a Research Fellow at GovLoop and served as a Program Assistant for the Washington, D.C. semester programs of the University of Georgia (UGA) and New York University (NYU). From 2013 to 2015, she volunteered as a staff member for the group, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Mrs. Swabb is a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI)® Certified Practitioner and a speaker of Spanish, who has traveled extensively throughout Latin America. She earned a Master’s in Pacific International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego, where she also was a recipient of the Robertson Foundation for Government (RFG) Fellowship. Originally from the great State of Georgia, Mrs. Swabb also holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Affairs and Spanish from the University of Georgia.